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Postage - square envelopes

Quick question -- especially if you're using square envelopes:
Our invitations are in 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 envelopes. I took one to the post office today to check how much it would be and they said 56 cents (36 cents plus 13 for the size or something) and that I would have to use one 39 cent stamp, one 10 cent stamp, and one 3 cent stamp. eeek! 3 yucky stamps! I was hoping for one... maybe two at the most... but 3 will not look pretty.
But other than how it looks, does that sound right to other brides (and grooms) using same or similar size envelopes? The post office messed up my Save the Dates postcard postage and two thirds of them were not delivered cause the postage was wrong (and didn't coma back cause being postcards they didn't have a return address) -- so I just want to make sure.
Hopefully I'll get them out by tomorrow (before rates change!).


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May. 10th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
How much do they weigh?

Here is the USPS's chart on weights and postage rates. It has information at the bottom for square envelopes. I've also copied the info here if you don't want to click on the link.

First-Class Mail®

Postcard $0.24
1 oz $0.39
2 oz $0.63
3 oz $0.87
4 oz $1.11
5 oz $1.35
6 oz $1.59
7 oz $1.83
8 oz $2.07
9 oz $2.31
10 oz $2.55
11 oz $2.79
12 oz $3.03
13 oz $3.27

For heavier weights, use Priority Mail.
Surcharge for square or unusually shaped letters that weigh 1 oz or less: $0.13.
Tip: One ounce is approximately equal to four sheets of paper plus a standard envelope.

Take note that a square envelope is considered an "unusual shape" and that means it costs extra to mail it.

If you mail it now verses waiting until the postal increase, you're only saving 2 cents per envelope. But it also means you'd have three stamps on the envelope instead of just one. So would you rather save a little bit of money or have just one stamp on your invitations?
May. 10th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
yea... it's 1 oz... but I thought the extra surcharge was going up to like $17 on monday... it's not a huge difference I guess..
May. 10th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
It would only jump to an extra $17 if you had 850 invitations to send. :-)
May. 10th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Maybe get the 63 cent stamps instead?
May. 10th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Just get the new stamp. It's up to one ounce is $.41 and Over an ounce is $.17 per ounce. SO after the change, you can get a $.58 ounce stamp (Equivilant to the $.63 right now)

So what if you have to pay a few more cents? It's nicer to just do the $.58.

May. 11th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Can't they electronically stamp it in red ink?
May. 14th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
Meter. And yes, this is what I'd go for.
May. 21st, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
I think that would be the best choice instead of having different stamps overloading the envelope.
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